The Craft Yarn Council has launched a new initiative dedicated to increasing awareness about the health effects of knitting and crocheting. We love the idea that simply doing an activity we enjoy can put us on the road to better mental and physical health.
In their article, “The Truth About Knitting and Crochet,” the Craft Yarn Council describes the increased popularity of crafting for health purposes by saying, “Famous for its relaxing, meditative qualities, knitting increasingly is being used in hospitals, clinics, schools and even prisons to help people lead healthier, happier lives.”
The article goes on to describe the variety of ailments that can be reduced by knitting or crocheting, explaining, “Knitters ascribe all manner of benefits to their craft… everything from alleviating depression, anxiety and pain to reducing boredom and the discomfiting effects of isolation.” They even describe how crafting can improve math skills, saying “Knitting also involves following and recognizing patterns, learning new stitches and using both hands and math, lending it the capacity to improve fine motor skills while also keeping the mind active and engaged. The Waldorf Schools, for example, teach children to knit before teaching them to read in the belief that knitting develops dexterity, focus and rudimentary arithmetic”